On Thursday, Mitt Romney gave a speech about health care reform where he actually lied about his support of a national mandate. Since the tea bagger GOP members hate the mandate, Romney is lying about supporting it back in 2007 to try and make them like him. Kind of like Donald Trump being a birther or Newt Gingrich running for President.
In 2007 Romney said:
I think you’re going to find, when it’s all said and done, after all these states that are laboratories of democracy get their chance to try their own plans, that those who follow the path that we pursued will find it’s the best path, and we’ll end up with a nation that’s taken a mandate approach.
The during his speech on Thursday he said:
Romney argued that the mandate he signed into law was acceptable because states have the right to impose mandates, but that the mandate President Obama signed into law was unconstitutional because it was national in scope.
What Romney and it seems the corporate media fail to acknowledge is that the Affordable Health Care for America Act as passed is almost the same plan Romney supported during his 2008 campaign and allows states to get a wavier for the mandate if they have a better way to get universal coverage.
Mitt Romney is a liar – period!
Oh and speaking of Newt:
In a June 2007 op-ed in the Des Moines Register, Gingrich wrote, “Personal responsibility extends to the purchase of health insurance. Citizens should not be able to cheat their neighbors by not buying insurance, particularly when they can afford it, and expect others to pay for their care when they need it.” An “individual mandate,” he added, should be applied “when the larger health-care system has been fundamentally changed.”
And in several of his many policy and politics-focused books, Gingrich offered much the same.
In 2008’s “Real Change,” he wrote, “Finally, we should insist that everyone above a certain level buy coverage (or, if they are opposed to insurance, post a bond). Meanwhile, we should provide tax credits or subsidize private insurance for the poor.”
In 2005’s “Winning the Future,” he expanded on the idea in more detail: “You have the right to be part of the lowest-cost insurance pool and you have a responsibility to buy insurance. … We need some significant changes to ensure that every American is insured, but we should make it clear that a 21st Century Intelligent System requires everyone to participate in the insurance system.”
Newt Gingrich Was More Supportive Of Individual Mandates Than Mitt Romney by Sam Stein – The Huffington Post 5/12/2011
Can’t wait to see Newt try and cover his ass but I’m sure the tea party people will eat it all up.